The largest Carnival Cruise Line ship ever to be home ported in New Orleans set sail Monday.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter was on board. He has a sneak peak and reaction from passengers.
The totally transformed Carnival Sunshine has arrived and kicks off its winter schedule of departures from New Orleans.
Trotter asked, “How excited are you? Very,” passenger Donna Jones replied.
Hundreds of guests were excited to be on this first voyage since Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million dollar, 75-day makeover.
John Potter tracked its progress.
“Looking on the internet, seeing how the progress came along since they redone it and waiting for it to come over here to America,” Potter said. Trotter asked, “What do you think so far? “Exceeding all of our expectations as far as the water world here. We had to do this first but everything else is a number one top notch.”
Trotter asked Potter’s daughter Emma, “How awesome was that? It was great? She nodded silently.”
Some of the on-board features include an adult-only retreat, an outdoor recreation area, breath-taking views, and let’s not forget the massive water park – highlighted by a 334-foot-long water slide.
Trotter asked, “How’s it been so far? Awesome!”
Tina Newtomb is relaxing with the grand-kids.
“Oh my goodness, everything is so totally awesome,” Newtomb said. “We’ve already toured the whole ship and we’re real excited, real excited.”
Guests are excited, and so are officials with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Kelly Schulz says Carnival Sunshine is another opportunity to market New Orleans as a Cruise destination.
“Because about 60% of the people who travel here for cruises extend their stay in New Orleans either before boarding or after leaving the ship and they make it a vacation in New Orleans.”
Following Monday’s six-day voyage to Cozumel and Grand Cayman, the ship will operate a series of seven-day cruises to popular Caribbean destinations through April.